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Featured in BEAUTIFUL GRUNGE ART December 31, 2010.
Featured in Layered With Texture November 29, 2010.
Featured in Vintage Art Storybook October 8, 2010.
Top Ten in the “Birds” challenge in Grunge Photography March 26, 2010.
Featured in # 1 Artists of RedBubble March 24, 2010.
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Featured in Digital Art Compilations March 3, 2010

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My thanks to Peter Lusby Taylor for the following amazing link entitled Starlings on Otmoor … watch and enjoy if you have the time!!!!

223 visits on 2/23/2010

This image is also available at Lois Bryan at fine art america in an exciting variety of framing and matting options.

This image is a shameless copy (it is the sincerest form of flattery, right???) and an honored homage to The Very Great Jan Piller whose amazing work Having a Lady To Dinner has been such an inspiration to me … and I’m sure to so many others. Jan .. thank you!!!!

During the last snow storm, my birdie feeders were visited by a constellation of starlings. Funny, funny birds. I’ve added a ladybug to this image as the starling so looked like he was talking to someone (thanks for the idea, Jan!!)

Starling image taken on February 9, 2010 with the Nikon D300 and the 150-500mm OS Sigma lens at 500mm. Shutter 1/500, aperture f/8.0, exp. -0.33, iso 400, spot metering. Ladybug image taken with the Nikon D40x and the 60mm Macro/Micro Nikon lens at shutter speed of 1/15, aperture of f/16.0, exposure .33, iso 200.

Post work in addition to the addition of the ladybug included cloning of a couple of ill-placed twigs, levels, curves and two textures.

Interesting facts about Starlings thanks to What

All of the 200 million European Starlings found in North America today are descendants of approximately 100 birds released in New York City’s Central Park in the early 1890s by an industrialist who wanted to establish, in the U.S., all birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.
They compete aggressively for nesting sites and may evict the occupants of desired holes, including the woodpeckers that excavated them.
An individual bird can mimic up to 20 species, including Eastern Wood Pewee, Killdeer, and Meadowlark songs.
A group of starlings has many collective nouns, including a “constellation”, “filth”, “murmuration”, “scourge”, and “vulgarity” of starlings.

My sincere thanks to CGTextures and Ghostbones of Flickr for the texture images.

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  • RandySpencer
    RandySpenceralmost 5 years ago

    Ha ha ha, . . . Great Job, I wonder how the bug feels about that.

  • Hey Randy, thank you!!!!! So glad it brought a chuckle!!! Actually, the ladybug was happily strolling across my kitchen floor when I snapped his part of the shot!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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    ©FoxfireGaller...almost 5 years ago

    Oh yes, lets!!
    Wonderful image" and Instant fav

  • thank you!!!!! so glad you enjoyed this goofy one!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesalmost 5 years ago

    Shall we!? Great shot Lois, good detail.

  • Hey Eric!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulalmost 5 years ago

    Poor little bug LOL Great timing on this one!!

  • Hiiii Vonne!!!!! Thank you!!! But don’t worry … I added the ladybug … at least this way the starling looks like he’s not talking to himself, lol!!!! Hugzz!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellalmost 5 years ago

    Just stunning Lois.

  • thank you so much, Andrew!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpenceralmost 5 years ago

    My grandfather was a farmer, and I don’t dare tell you how he feels about them. But I find them interesting as well, and just edited a picture of one yesterday, probably about the same time you were working on this. LOL Loved reading about them in the link you provided.

  • Randy … I hated the things when I had a different feeder. They’d come in like gangbusters and all the smaller, less aggressive birds didn’t stand a chance. I have a different feeder now and the starlings haven’t been a problem. During the storm, I had tossed a lot of seed out onto the snow and they and the ground feeders had a field day. But when they were here the other day … oh .. they were sooo funny!! I’ve got a couple of shots that will take a lot of editing (bird feeder in the way) but if I can pull it off, they’ll be such a hoot!!! Now … where is YOUR starling image???

    – Lois Bryan

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture & work great details on the bird

  • thank you so much, Erik!!!!!! They are an amazingly photogenic birdie … i was surprised given how dull the light was on that day!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    I love how this turned dout. Gorgeous work Lois. :o)

  • Hi Bunny!!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunteralmost 5 years ago

    Amazing work Lois.

  • Thanks so much, Pam!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    very nice Lois and fantastic write up. If there are 200 million I think we have a few million in our area. It’s amazing when they fly in flocks. The sky turns black there are so many. Beautiful work with the ladybug

  • Hey Dave!!!!!! Thank you!!! And how right you are about when they take flight. We have a horse path behind our house … and when the starlings get together they take to the sky above the path and circle, and circle, and circle … sometimes for as long as an hour or more!!!! It’s an extraordinary … and noisy … phenomenon!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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